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Blog entry by Rustic posted 12-03-2011 06:43 AM 2235 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got my first lathe today and a set of gouges. My wife got me the Harbor Freight 8”x12” lathe and a set of Windsor design wood turning tool set that includes: 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 inch gouges, 1 inch skew, 1/2 inch spear point,1/2 inch parting tool, and a 1/2 inch round chisel. I know what everyone is going to say… it’s crap because it is Harbor freight. I bought this on a recommendation from Jim Jakosh. I am pleased with it so far. looks sturdy enough. just need to secure it to a bench.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#1 posted 12-03-2011 09:02 AM

That is the exact same set of tools I have. ;) They’re probably not the greatest in the world, but they will do the trick. I recommend giving all of them a sharpening before using, though.

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#2 posted 12-03-2011 09:26 AM

Have fun. I found a Craftsman on Craigslist a year or more ago, but still need to get it set up and going. You are way ahead of me ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 12-03-2011 10:23 AM

Hey you get the best tools you can, times are tough. Upgrade if you want and when you can

-- But hon I need this tool.......

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#4 posted 12-03-2011 12:58 PM

Have fun with your new tool. And a Merry Christmas to you.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 12-03-2011 02:08 PM

Merry Christmas! I have a Montgomery Ward that is probably older than me and I bought this for $25. But cheap don’t mean nothing if works for you. I have a lot of fun with mine and I know you’ll enjoy yours.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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#6 posted 12-03-2011 02:15 PM

Hey, you’re gonna have a lot of fun this Christmas season with that new toy. I hope that you really enjoy yourself and Merry Christmas too.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 12-03-2011 02:50 PM

Life is good, Rick! Merry Christmas!

-- John from Hampstead

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#8 posted 12-03-2011 03:57 PM

I forgot to mention that I got it all for $120.00

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#9 posted 12-03-2011 08:35 PM

Well! Merry Christmas, Rick! That is a lot better looking than Mine! I bought mine at a surplus tool store here in Michigan! It has no name. I found the exact same lathe at Sears in G.R. a year latter. Some ware in the instruction book, it said that parts could be found at Sears. That all happened a long time ago. I am sure that if You care for it well, that twenty years from now, it will still be running.

-- Saved! and so gratefull.Consider Who Created it All

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#10 posted 12-04-2011 12:48 AM

Rick, I think you will really like it ovr the larger one they have. This one has a speed control at the turn of the knob and the other ones needs the belt changed to change speed. You change speed so much from turning to sanding that you will appreciate it. I hope the mounting plates work out good for you too. If you need any adaptors for that lathe, I have a 3/4-16 tap and I can make them for you….........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 12-04-2011 02:07 AM

Thanks Jim for all your help

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#12 posted 12-05-2011 04:37 AM

Wow! Sounds like a tremendous buy for $120.00 bucks! Did you use a coupon? I know that Jim would not steer you wrong…... Enjoy your new toy!

thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#13 posted 12-05-2011 05:08 AM

I also bought a bench grinder for 20.00 Jim, they worked perfectly

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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